The Bible is a spiritual book intended to touch the soul. The Bible has the power to change hearts.
Amidst the turmoil in this world, we sometimes find ourselves longing for good news—good news on the economic front, good news in the political world, good news in the educational realm, good news in our personal lives. These looming issues can tend to overshadow that which is the most important, the most essential, the most eternal good news—the “good news of great joy” for all people (Luke 2:10). In our longing for things to change in this temporal world, let us not lose sight that the greatest news has already been announced.
Your Promise Gives Me Life has been written to encourage your family to study God’s promises, memorize them, store them in your soul, run to them in time of need, pray them, and trust them when the winds of adversity blow. They will breathe new life into your soul.
We can never fully grasp the extreme necessity of the cross or the profound depth of love, sacrifice, and forgiveness represented by the cross. If we as adults have this difficulty, imagine how difficult it is for our children. The meaning of Easter for children is even more confused by our culture’s preoccupation with Easter bunnies, decorated eggs, overflowing baskets of candy, Easter egg hunts, and bright spring flowers, all of which detract from the sober reality of what happened on the cross and why it needed to happen.
While instruction in the Scriptures can and should happen in a church setting, it can never replace the humble, face-to-face context of loving relationships in the home. It is in this relationship of trust and love that head knowledge becomes heart knowledge. Anyone can share information with a child, but when a child learns something from a trusted and loved person, the child is more likely to embrace that knowledge as truth—especially if that truth is demonstrated in everyday life as it is modeled by trusted mentors.
What would we give for our children to become mighty oaks of righteousness? An hour of teaching on Sunday morning? A few hours of preparation? A regular weekly prayer for the children in your small group? A passing word of spiritual encouragement to a child in your class? Each of these small investments could reap an eternal harvest.
God displays His power so that man might see His greatness. When we truly see the greatness of God, our response should be worship. That is what the newly revised God Always Wins curriculum for VBS and Backyard Bible Club is all about—showing the greatness of God so that children may come to worship Him.
There is very bad news for all people. We have all turned away from God and cannot fix our sinful hearts. Sin and sorrow, sickness and death, problems and pain have entered God’s good creation.